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Julian Barnes & Peter Carey

Part of Man Booker 50

Literary titans Peter Carey and Julian Barnes discuss how they have produced such extraordinary and enduring bodies of work.

Between them they’ve written nearly 30 novels, of which three have won the Man Booker Prize – Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda in 1988 and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001, and Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending in 2011.

Their novels have encompassed vivid and playful takes on the historical novel, from Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot to Carey’s A Long Way From Home, explorations of national identity, the intricacies of love and desire and the unreliability of memory.

How did they find their subjects and their voice? What changes over the course of a long career? In this unique dialogue they compare notes on their creative processes.

Chaired by writer and broadcaster Alex Clark.

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Royal Festival Hall


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